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SC seeks Centre’s response on petition seeking a ban on 'un-Islamic' flags

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Jul 2018 1:30pm

SC seeks Centre’s response on petition seeking a ban on 'un-Islamic' flags

The Supreme Court today sought the Centre’s response on a petition filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi seeking a ban on raising and hoisting green flags sporting a crescent moon and a star.

Rizvi, who is the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board, had filed the PIL in the top court through Senior Counsel SP Singh.

The matter was heard by the SC bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, who asked Rizvi’s counsel to provide a copy of the petition to the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta to enable him to file a response on behalf of the Centre.

The SC bench has listed the matter for the next hearing after two weeks from now.

Rizvi, in his petition, has claimed that the said flags are “un-Islamic” and bear a resemblance to the flag of the Pakistan Muslim League, a political outfit in that country.

Rizvi further claimed in his plea that during his visit to Mumbai and a few other places in the country, he saw the said flags hoisted on several buildings and religious structures, which were allegedly the cause of growing tension between the Hindu and Muslim communities. And thus, imposing a ban on these flags will be in the interest of communal harmony.

He also claimed in his plea that, “Such flags are being hoisted in Muslim-dominated areas with "utmost impunity", claiming that the crescent and star in a green backdrop have never been part of any Islamic practice and do not have any role or significance in Islam.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Centre   Green Flags   UP Shia Waqf Board   Syed Waseem Rizvi   ASG Tushar Mehta  
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